How to start a blog: The ABC of Pixie Blogging

Hi there, Pixie pals! 😀

I have been blogging for nearly two years now (this blog will complete two years on 28th August!). Seeing the fairly large amount of new bloggers taking up pixie blogging, I thought that I could share my experience through a little guide for new, as well as old pixie bloggers.

In case you are looking for information on blogging in general and not pixie blogging, you can refer to some links I’ll add at the end of this post.

What is pixie blogging?

Pixie blogging, basically, is blogging about Pixie Hollow, a virtual world owned by Disney which retired on 19th of September, 2013.

The earliest bloggers to take up blogging started out years before PH closed, but many joined them later, even after PH’s closure.

Now that Pixie Hollow is closed, pixie bloggers have either given up blogging, or started blogging about different stuff- mainly Disney in general. Yet, we still call ourselves pixie bloggers because that is how it all started, and we are still looking for hints about PH opening again, if it ever does.

You can find a list of pixie blogs under the ‘Other Fairies’ Pages’ widget on my blog. To find more pixie blogs, you can simply google ‘Pixie Hollow Blogs’.

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Here are a few basics of starting and running a pixie blog:

Choose a blogging platform

This is very important. A good blogging platform enables you to have a blog with enhanced features and makes it easier for you to run it.

I suggest you use WordPress or Blogger. WordPress is my preferred platform, since it makes your blog look more professional and impressive even if you don’t go premium and pay for it. If you have some money to spare, you might as well go premium on WordPress. Here are a few links which may help you choose between WordPress and Blogger-

http://howtomakemyblog.com/blogger-vs-wordpress/

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/blogger-vs-wordpress-comparision/

Choose a good title

The name of your blog is the very first impression you make on your reader. Honestly speaking, your tagline is even more important than your blog’s title. Make your tagline short, and ensure that it sums up what your blog is all about.

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If you are using WordPress, make sure that your gravatar profile has just about enough information about you- neither too much, nor too less. Get a good profile picture too! In this case, it has to be a high resolution image of your pixie.

Appearance

First impression is the last impression- whoever said this definitely wasn’t kidding. You should put time and thought into choosing a good theme, background etc. for your site. Since this is pixie blogging, you can use bright, quirky shades as well as soft, pastel ones for the theme. It is a good idea to change your theme/background according to the season or holiday.

Don’t have a font or background that strain’s the reader’s eyes, or makes it difficult for them to read your content.

Customize your page with widgets of your choice.

Content

What are you going to blog about? Think it over. If you are pixie blogging, it will probably be your thoughts about Pixie Hollow, Disney Fairies, and Disney- related things.

Make your posts informative, and and as short as possible. Short and sweet- that is what it should be like!

Writing style

Accept it or not- to be a good blogger, you need to be a good writer too. Even if you are not very good at writing, you need to love writing. Remember- no one is perfect, and their is always scope for improvement.

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Your writing style needs to be interesting and appealing- something that will hook your readers. If two bloggers are blogging about the same topic- say, the upcoming Disney film Moana, I’ll definitely put more time and effort into reading the one who has presenting it in a better and written it well.

Avoid Grammatical Errors

This is awfully important. Whenever I am reading a post, and I come across a very obvious spelling or grammatical, it decreases the amount of respect I harbor for the writer.

If you are not a native English speaker and aren’t very sure if you are fluent enough, have someone fluent in English proofread your posts. Read and reread your posts several times to spot and correct your own mistakes. I am not a native speaker myself, so I am aware of the problems that come with not being one, when you are blogging in English and are not comfortable with it. I don’t have my posts proofread by anyone, but if you think you need to do that, don’t hesitate.

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Put effort into improving your language. It will not only help you with blogging, but with many other things in life.

Read, and learn from it

Read other popular blogs with good content, and try to understand why people like their work. Try to improve your writing style by picking up some good points from other bloggers. Of course, you should have your own style, but there is no harm in learning something good from others. 🙂

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Put your 100 % into it

I am not asking you to be on your blog 24X7, but you must put a lot of time and effort into it if you want your blog to be successful. Try to post often and work to make your blog better.

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Socialize

Socialize with other bloggers! Check out other blogs, be it like your own or different. Leave comments, and be friendly. It is important to make friends in your blogging community. You can’t expect someone to read your blog when you don’t read anyone else’s.

Remember, the only way of having a friend is to be one.

Spread word

Just started a new blog? Let others know about it! When I first started my blog, I commented on plenty of other pixie blogs and leaving a link to your own blog in the comment. Most probably, the blogger on whose blog you commented, will visit your blog and so will her/his readers.

Make sure to be polite in your approach. Imagine if someone writes this-

“Hi people! I just started a blog and you should see it! Here’s the link: (link). Please visit it!!”

How about-

“Hi, (name of the blogger on whose blog you are comment.)

I love your blog! It’s so informative.

I have started a new blog recently and I would love it if you’d take time to see it! Please leave your feedback and help me improve. “

That sounded better, didn’t it?

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Don’t be disappointed if that blogger doesn’t visit your blog. They may not have the time for it. Don’t start a big fight on someone’s blog. Just keep calm, and keep moving forward.

You can also use social media platforms like Facebook, Google + and Twitter to increase your blog’s popularity.

Interact with your readers

Your readers are the people who read your blog, so must interact with them. Ask them some questions in your posts. If they leave comments, reply to them.

If you are taking a break, let your readers know. If you want to bring about a major change into your blog, ask for your readers’ opinions.

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You should value your readers, because they are the people who keep you going.

Be yourself

Think it over: Would Bruno Mars be as popular as he is if he completely impersonated Michael Jackson? Would Taylor Swift have as many fans as she does if she tried to become a carbon copy of Faith Hill?

The answer: no.

It is okay to be inspired by others, but the most important thing is to be yourself. People will love you for who you are. They visit your blog expecting to see something different, not something copied from others. They want to know what’s going on in your mind. Express your own views, and let others appreciate you for that.

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Why try to fit in, when you were made to stand out?

Add extra, out-of-the-box features

Are you good at writing stories? Why not add a section to your blog with your stories and let your readers read that?

Very often, people visit blogs which offer them something different.

If you are good at something which sets you apart from others, take advantage of that!

I love drawing, so I have a section at my blog which showcases all my artwork. Similarly, fellow pixie blogger Minerva Grace has a section of her blog dedicated to her edits and artwork. Several talented pixie bloggers have sections at their blogs where they post their stories.

It would be great if people identify you as ‘the artist pixie blogger’, or ‘that pixie blogger who is great at writing stories’, wouldn’t it?

Here is something I made a while back:

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Don’t get discouraged

Your blog is not getting enough traffic? You are not getting as many comments as you expected? Well, turn that frown upside down!

It might take months, or even years to build up a dedicated group of readers.

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Just don’t get discouraged. Do your best, and leave the rest to fate.

Have fun!

If you are not having fun with what you are doing, nothing can ever, ever, ever compensate for that. You are not blogging for mere popularity or fame. You should have fun and enjoy yourself- that’s the most important thing. If you think that you are not having fun while blogging, you might as well think twice before going ahead with it.

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I hope this helped! This might not be the best blogging guide ever, but I did my best and had a great time writing it, and I hope you will feel the same while reading it. 🙂

Some helpful links to help you start with blogging:

http://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-Blog

http://www.theblogstarter.com/

http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-do-i-start-a-blog/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/08/06/14-ways-to-make-your-blog-get-real-attention/

https://www.quicksprout.com/2013/04/04/11-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-i-started-my-first-blog/

http://www.shoutmeloud.com/make-blog-more-attractive.html

Disagree with what I said? Want to add something to what I said? let me know in a comment, below. 🙂

Take care!

Sarah Diamondswirls ❤

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15 comments

  1. Wow! Such a helpful and inspiring post, Sarah! Great job! I wish every pixie blogger would read this 🙂

    My only addition to your post would be in the “Content” section. Yes, I completely agree with keeping posts on the shorter side length-wise (in other words, get to the point and don’t ramble on for ages), but don’t publish a post with just sentence or two either. I find that very irritating – UNLESS it’s breaking news and the writer says something like, “More details coming soon!”. Also, adding meaningful images in the post is VERY important in keeping readers engaged.

    1. Thank you very much, Marigold. ❤

      Yes, I agree with what you said – one or two sentences are not fine either. I guess what you have to keep in mind is not beat around the bush, and come straight to the point.
      Of course, relevant images are awfully important too.

      Thanks for your feedback! ^•^

      1. It’s not always that I need only a few sentences, it’s that it’s hard for me to write a lot. The story I have been working on for over a year doesn’t even have ten pages!

      2. I totally agree with Sarah here – the art of expressing yourself effectively in a small amount of words is something I’m horrible at. :/ Take a look at my Spring short story as an example. Marigold set me a goal of around 500 words. It ended up being just over 6 pages! 😛

  2. i have a question on the fairy thing.
    Today I completely BURST INTO TEARS because even though I’m 13, I miss PH so much and I spent the WHOLE day trying to find a petetion that’s still active.What are some ways to try to contact Disney and get it back? I emailed the Club penguin staff and the Disney Staff. The Disney support group replied, but it was a reply that everyone gets. It wa like a robot kind of reply.
    How IN THE MEADOW can we help?
    I miss the Meadow so much that I almost plummeted into depression..
    xoxo- Sophie Glitterpuff (my fairy’s name)

    1. Hi there Sophie! My name’s Rose MorningMist 🙂

      I SO know how you feel. There have been times when I have felt so down about PH closing. 😦 I admire your courage to send emails to Disney, but unfortunately any email like those will be given a standard reply, and perhaps skimmed over to see what it is. If it’s relevant, you may receive a reply, but if it isn’t, chances are the email is trashed.

      Yeah kinda depressing, I know. However, that isn’t a reason to give up hope. Take a look at this recent post by Elva: https://elvaaspenpetal.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/hopes-still-high-a-problem/

      It has the links to a few petitions that you can sign. 🙂

      Keep smiling,

      – Rose ❤

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